Big brother is watching you, or in this case, mum and dad from the comfort of their bed! Arguably one of the best gifts we were given when Ivy was born was her video baby monitor and ours recently packed in (RIP), putting us into a blackout for the first time in just under two years. To be fair, the old Vtech monitor we had was dropped, thrown and trodden on more times than I can remember, so it proved itself to be a solid product.
You don’t ever get fully past the stage of wanting to check your little one is breathing every couple of seconds when they’re asleep, but once you do have to do the inevitable big move into their own room, the video monitor gives you that bit of confidence so you don’t have to have an ear to the wall, only eyes on a screen.
With the old monitor breaking, It was the perfect case of you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. And we realised with every meal, every evening spent downstairs, every all night rave (joking!), not having the screen in the room for confidence was a big deal. Therefore, after some research, we picked up the ‘BT Baby Monitor 6000’ as a replacement. I don’t write these reviews to big up the big brands out there, I just know how much of a pain in the arse it is knowing where to spend your money, and ‘stuff’ isn’t cheap these days, so hopefully the below will help with your umming and ahh-ing.
The ‘parent unit’ has a 5 inch screen, and the night vision is clear, it’s not HD but we’re talking baby monitors here, not military grade equipment. We’ve had no issues with working out where Ivy is on the screen so this isn’t something to worry about. The interface is also really easy to use and feels sturdy. So if like us, you open a product and try and work it out without the instructions, then this product is for you. However, we did have to go back and consult them for a couple of the functions. Generally speaking though, it doesn’t look or feel cheap.
Having seen this function on the previous monitor, I do see the benefits. However, our voice with no face from the corner of the room scares Ivy more than it comforts her. So I use it more to scare the wife when she goes into Ivy’s room. Usually works too.
I have the pleasure of having the monitor on my side of the bed. There’s nothing sweeter than being the closest to the wails of your child at 4 in the morning, right?! The issue I had with the last monitor was it had radioactive light, even on the lowest light setting, making it difficult to sleep sometimes without putting it in the corner of the room. The BT monitor has the function to have the screen on at all times, or on standby at 1, 3 and 5 minute intervals and only turning on when a sound in the room is made – something it does consistently, proving its reliability. So we can now sleep in darkness. Shame it hasn’t got the function to comfort the baby.
I didn’t see the need for the moving camera, until I realised our daughter does more lengths of her bed in the night than Phelps does in a pool. So being able to angle the camera from the comfort of our own bed is a huge plus.
Going the distance
If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with a palatial home, then the 250m range on the monitor will be a bonus for you as you dine in the west wing of your home. Or more realistically, if you plan on sitting at the end of your garden when summer finally arrives, then the monitor will allow you to do just that. I have read that the battery life isn’t great with a supposed 4 hours of life from a 12 hour charge, but we have it plugged in 90% of the time anyway.
Again, one I can see the benefit of, but having tried this in the early days and it only causing a restless child, the 5 lullabies that come with the monitor remain firmly on silent. But if noise sends your little one to sleep, then the function is there.
It’s been a week now with the new monitor and we’re delighted with our purchase. No one likes being ripped off, especially me, and I feel like this is completely worth the £99+ price tag. A mate who’s expecting his first in the summer said he didn’t see the point in a video monitor… I hope a review like this will change his mind, because they’re worth their weight in gold.